What Manchester City must do to break three Premier League records


Of course, we need to work hard to try to achieve or reach the level of Manchester City. They could clinch the PL trophy on Sunday if Manchester United lose to West Brom, but it is more likely that moment will arrive next Sunday at home against Swansea. Guardiola's switch paid dividends, in that it secured victory and left his team within one win of the Premier League title.

For weeks it has been a case of when, rather than if, City win the title and it is nearly certain to happen within the next week.

City, which was deprived of wrapping up the title in dream fashion last weekend when it lost at home to Manchester United and was then knocked out of the Champions League 5-1 on aggregate by Liverpool Tuesday, was two up after 25 minutes as it hit back with a vengeance.

Beyond the inevitable title win though, it has been a season of records broken by the Shark Team, and more may still follow before the campaign ends.

But it quickly became clear that run of three successive defeats wasn't weighing on City. They don't understand anything.

Guardiola admitted he will not watch United's game on Sunday, though he does not expect them to slip up against the league's bottom-placed club. It's much more important what these players have done. With the 19th-placed Potters likely to play desperate, there's a distinct possibility of the teams trading chances and both scoring, so the over on the 3.5 total is attainable.

"These guys are fantastic and awesome", Guardiola said.

With Guardiola on the cusp of winning his first league title in England, to follow titles in Spain and Germany, he was asked where this trophy would rank. Yeah. Definitely. We did it... we nearly did it.

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But there was no sign of self-pity from the champions-elect as they quickly settled into their groove, Leroy Sane rattling the post with a sliced fourth-minute volley.

"Come on City! Champions!"

Gabriel Jesus got proceedings underway after 22 minutes, just staying onside after a long ball from Vincent Kompany and slotting it past Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.

When Sterling weaved his way towards the Tottenham area, Lloris raced off his line to make a crude lunge that sent the City winger flying.

It was nearly too easy for City and they slipped up in the 42nd minute. Sterling grabbed two more after Gabriel Jesus missed a penalty.

On return for the second half, Spurs came with a zeal to overturn the result in their favour, as they mounted pressure on their visitors, but all their efforts were unproductive in the early minutes of the second stanza.

City had a big chance to restore their two-goal lead on 63 minutes after Gundogan found Jesus with a good pass but the Brazilian scuffed his shot from 12 yards.